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Suzanne Balbo and Clint Towle
of Crooked Door Farm in Whitefield

Know Your Organic Producers!

Meet Suzanne Balbo and Clint Towle of MOFGA-certified organic Crooked Door Farm in Whitefield. The two MOFGA journeypersons raise vegetables on permanent beds using minimal tillage, a biodiesel walk-behind tractor and a variety of hand tools, including a broad fork. They also use organic seed and local, organic compost on the 3 acres they have in rotation. An unheated greenhouse, a seedling house, caterpillar tunnels and low hoops help extend the growing season. Laying hens and guinea hogs root around, while a neighbor's goats and sheep rotate around Crooked Door's nearly 14 acres of pasture. Balbo and Towle market through their CSA, at the Gardiner Area Farmers' Market, the Gardiner Co-op & Café, the Sheepscot General Store and from their farm. Learn more on the farm's website and on Facebook. Please support MOFGA certified organic farmers and producers!

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Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
Urgent: Stop the Monsanto Protection Act Today
Food Democracy Now - 12/14/2012.
The “farmer assurance provision,” Section 733, is currently included in the FY2013 Agriculture Appropriations bill now being included in any omnibus spending bill being considered by Congress. This provision is an industry ploy to continue to sell genetically engineered seeds even when a court of law has found they were approved by USDA illegally.
Fertile soil doesn't fall from the sky
Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - 12/14/2012.
By Tilo Arnhold – Remains of dead bacteria have far greater meaning for soils than previously assumed. Around 40 per cent of the microbial biomass is converted to organic soil components.
What If the World’s Soil Runs Out?
Time Magazine - 12/14/2012.
Some experts fear the world, at its current pace of consumption, is running out of useable topsoil. The World Economic Forum, in collaboration with Time, talked to University of Sydney professor John Crawford on the seismic implications soil erosion and degradation may have in the decades to come.
France bans controversial chemical BPA in food packaging
Raw Story - 12/13/2012.
By Agence France-Presse – The French parliament voted Thursday to ban the use of bisphenol A, a chemical thought to have a toxic effect on the brain and nervous system, in baby food packaging next year and all food containers in 2015.
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